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PostPosted: Mon Mar 02, 2009 11:58 pm 
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 03, 2009 7:19 am 
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Though it's undoubtedly a fabulous find my heart broke when I read this sentence "... most of the inscriptions on the walls of the tomb were damaged, a sign that the place had probably been robbed in the early 19th century" :cry: :x :cry:


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 03, 2009 8:28 am 
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I know what you mean, Akhnaton. It's disgraceful.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 05, 2009 5:54 am 
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I just don't understand what makes people do things like that. It makes me mad.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 05, 2009 10:14 am 
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It's gut-wrenching to hear or see acts of vandalism being carried out so brazenly on ancient monuments. What nature and history protected for centuries or millenia cannot be cared for by man for even a decade. How strange :!:


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 06, 2009 5:27 am 
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They probably needed the money (or just possibly thought they items were better off being appreciated in a collect rather than lying around in the desert where only a handful of people would appreciate them in a decade.


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 06, 2009 8:23 am 
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tnrees I take exception to your observation :!: No one can justify defacing or vandalising monuments for whatever reason. "They probably needed the money..." I'd rather starve than inflict shame on the ancient history of my country.


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 06, 2009 10:19 am 
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Also remember the culture of the period. It was just a load of rock as fer as nearly everone was concerned.


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Culture
PostPosted: Sat Mar 07, 2009 1:53 am 
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tnrees wrote:
Also remember the culture of the period. It was just a load of rock as fer as nearly everone was concerned.


What then is the culture of any period? To preserve and protect or deface and ruin precious treasures from the past :?:


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 07, 2009 4:19 am 
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^ Sadly, In bygone times, the latter.

tnrees wrote:
Also remember the culture of the period. It was just a load of rock as fer as nearly everone was concerned.


Unfortunately this is true. We tend to judge such actions in terms of how they would be viewed today but in the early 1800s there was no concept of conservation. To the explorers of the time, the tombs were places of curiosity that might yield treasure. Who knows why they vandalised the walls? Who knows why human beings do such things!


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Hi gulliver dark... I live in a country that's as ancient (or maybe even more) as Egypt. We have excellently preserved monuments here. Possibly the conservation efforts made by the British who ruled us saw to it that all these priceless wonders were handed down to posterity safely :)


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 10, 2009 7:24 am 
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Once it was really on fashion to write on the walls of temples and tombs. Tourists of any time, mostly at beginning of 19th cent., ancient coptic priests or simply nomads passing by and living there for some time, these have been the causes to disgrace the walls decorated. Do you remember about Qurna? People were still living inside decorated tombs of the nobles, carved in the montain near the KV. Mrs BetrĂ², a professor from Pisa University is still digging there and reported of tombs used like cribs and barns, as cowhouses and so on...but I think this was just because people living there have tombs and temples everywere and they had to find places and recovering for cows and other animals...but when I see signatures of tourists on temples' walls, well...that's a shame! Of all the stautes inside the museum in Turin,none of them is without inscriptions!


Why do they always go wrong with dates? They wrote that Thotmes III ruled from 1504 to 1452...in 1452 he was probably not born yet!...


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